NFL Twitter Drags 49ers' Trey Lance for Late-Game Struggles vs. Bears

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 11, 2022

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) looks to pass against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter in an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
AP Photo/David Banks

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance did not live up to expectations in his first start as the team's QB1.

Lance finished 13-of-28 for 164 yards and an interception as the 49ers lost 19-10 to the Chicago Bears in Sunday's Week 1 battle.

Though San Francisco went up 10-0 early, the offense couldn't add to the lead, and the Bears eventually pulled in front.

It put pressure on Lance, who stumbled when playing from behind:


EDDIE JACKSON INT! <br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFvsCHI?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SFvsCHI</a> on FOX<br>📱: Stream on NFL+ <a href="https://t.co/8gCtJMnwZ7">https://t.co/8gCtJMnwZ7</a> <a href="https://t.co/uazT5CD37s">pic.twitter.com/uazT5CD37s</a>

Larry Mayer @LarryMayer

Niners turn ball over on downs as Trey Lance's pass on fourth-and-8 sails over head of fullback Kyle Juszcyk with 3:38 to play. It's raining very hard at this point of game.

It led to a disappointing loss against a team that's not expected to contend for a playoff spot.

PhillyGodfather ® Sports Bettor @phillygodfather

Had my doubts about this Trey Lance experiment. Now I have even more doubts.

Anthony @OMGItsBirdman

Jimmy G is mid but Lance is awful

Jas Kang @jaskang21

Justin Fields has thrown for 121 yards and has still outplayed Trey Lance. An embarrassing performance all around for the Niners.

Joseph Lisi @GOFORTHE2

Remember when Trey Lance was taken over Justin Fields in last year’s NFL draft?

Lance certainly displayed his upside, especially as a runner while totaling 54 rushing yards on 13 carries.


Trey Lance refusing to go down. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FTTB?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FTTB</a><br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFvsCHI?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SFvsCHI</a> on FOX<br>📱: Stream on NFL+ <a href="https://t.co/8gCtJMnwZ7">https://t.co/8gCtJMnwZ7</a> <a href="https://t.co/Kyvxk9mv2T">pic.twitter.com/Kyvxk9mv2T</a>

The quarterback also showcased his arm with several impressive throws in ugly weather conditions at Soldier Field.

Cam Inman @CamInman

Trey Lance throws into the tightest of windows and connects with Ray-Ray McCloud for 20 yards to the 26.<br>Incredible throw.

Randy Wilkins @pamsson

That’s a dime from Trey Lance.

Mina Kimes @minakimes

Gorgeous throw from Lance—layered it perfectly over the backer 😍

David Lombardi @LombardiHimself

Ball is coming out smooth from Trey Lance's hand. I haven't seen spiral issues

™️Marcus @TheMisterMarcus

Lance has made some REALLY good throws in this rain.

Cameron Salerno @cameronsalerno1

That was a beautiful throw by Trey Lance to Jauan Jennings

KP @KP_Show

impressed by Lance's poise in the pocket today. he's calm. no issue going through his progressions. great sign.

The problem was the inconsistency, missing several big opportunities.

Kyle Nabors @KyleNabors

That's a brutal throw from Trey Lance. That has to be six points.

Matt Eurich @MattEurich

Bears bailed out by a bad throw by Trey Lance. Kroft could have easily had a TD

F.P. Santangelo @FightinHydrant

Trey Lance is good! Trey Lance isn’t good. Trey Lance is great! Trey Lance is bad! This is gonna be fun! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FTTB?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FTTB</a>

Guy Haberman @GuyHaberman

Lance does not look comfortable with his footing on the move, not able to create any space for himself

After making just two starts as a rookie, it's clear the 2021 No. 3 overall pick has room to grow in his second NFL season.

Lance could still have a short leash with last year's starter, Jimmy Garoppolo, waiting on the sidelines. It will keep the pressure high for the home opener in Week 2 against NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks.